Obsessive compulsive disorder - OCD treatment and therapy from NOCD
OCD therapist Barbara Zelop, Licensed Therapist, LPC, ATR-BC, Licensed OCD Therapist

Barbara Zelop


Licensed Therapist, LPC, ATR-BC


I feel a lot of satisfaction helping people with OCD, because ERP significantly allows people to improve their ways of life. I will work within your value system and give you a lot of support and encouragement. I will basically become your cheerleader. I am also an art therapist and run a support group called Creativity and OCD. Outside of work, I value making art, spending time with friends, and nurturing my three cats.

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You are stronger than OCD. You're braver, stronger and more courageous than you think you are. Through treatment, you’ll learn you are not your thoughts. Your thoughts don't define you; your values define you.

Get to know Barbara Zelop

One thing that drew me to becoming a therapist is my own journey through therapy. I suffered with PTSD for years, and it was through exposure therapy that I was able to heal. That journey gave me closure, and so much confidence and ability to advocate for myself. And an ability to just persevere, no matter what. I was a fashion designer for 29 years before I chose to become a therapist. When I changed professions, I wanted to maintain my values of creativity. I worked to become an art therapist, which I still am today. Working with OCD allows me to use this creativity to help others more effectively. Sometimes images can help people more than words. Especially with OCD, sometimes people have intrusive images before their thoughts. I have found value in helping people use their creativity in ERP to overcome OCD. I also run a support group called Creativity and OCD.

I believe that OCD is so misunderstood, and ERP has good results. It is evidence-based, and the data is solid. I feel a lot of satisfaction in helping people with ERP, because it significantly allows people to improve their ways of life. You can learn that you are not your thoughts. Your thoughts don't define you; your values define you. In the end, we're not human doings. We're human beings.

I have worked in the inpatient hospital and intensive outpatient fields. I've worked with severe and persistent mental illness: PTSD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, generalized depression, and substance abuse.

Finding out who you are and what values matter to you is important to me. Through that, we will develop a treatment plan. It's not about what works best for me; it's about what will work best for you. ERP is a challenging treatment, but it gets results. I will work within your value system and give you a lot of support and encouragement. I will basically become your cheerleader. You are stronger than OCD. You're braver, stronger and more courageous than you think you are. ERP is the most effective treatment that I've worked with as a therapist. With slow, steady, gradual exposure to cognitive distortions, you can gain confidence that you are not your thoughts.

If you're afraid, I accept that. I don't pressure anybody to share anything with me. We can talk about whether your fear is generated by any cognitive distortions (which are thoughts you believe to be true without data; when you're going on feelings, not facts). I trust that you will share what you're comfortable with, when you're comfortable. Therapy is not a place of judgment. It's a safe space to share your fears.

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New Jersey

What our members say about
Barbara Zelop


Dec 11, 2023

I met with two different therapists through NOCD. The first one was absolutely unhelpful. I brought up specific problems I was having and wanted guidance through them to tackle my OCD. The therapist did not listen to me whatsoever. I switched to another therapist and was told after the first session that I actually didn’t have OCD at all. This made me spiral and NOCD cared very little. Not only was I out a bunch of money, my mental health was significantly worse after my time with NOCD. Huge waste of time and money. I sought out therapy outside of this predatory program and actually got help with my ocd. Avoid this company!


Nov 14, 2023

Therapy with Barbara has made a wonderful impact on my life.


Sep 11, 2023

Barbara was beyond helpful and insightful. I am very thankful for this experience


Aug 09, 2023

Going to NC in sept & oct so will need an nc therapist who does hoatrding therapy. Please call me


May 03, 2023

Wonderful! Thanks very much for your time.


Apr 13, 2023

I did my first exposure today and learned I can do hard things!


Mar 31, 2023

Good advice


Mar 29, 2023

Barbara made me feel so validated and understood!


Mar 28, 2023

Barbara is amazing


Jan 03, 2023

Very nice and I felt like I could open up and be myself with her! Wish I would have taken this step years ago!


Dec 13, 2022

Really nice experience! My therapist is knowledgeable and patient


Dec 05, 2022

Always great!! Thanks


Sep 22, 2022

Her guidance through ERP has been so important to me.


Aug 30, 2022

A great final session with Barbara. Full of joy and optimism.


Jul 29, 2022

Barbara is a truly remarkable therapist. Her kindness and compassion shine through in every appointment. I finally feel like I’m heard by someone else. Her breadth of knowledge is also astounding, and she has so many great pieces of advice and knows of so many resources people can utilize. I’m truly happy we crossed paths.


Jul 15, 2022

I am sure all the NOCD therapists are great, but I think Barbara is the best. She is helping me deconstruct and question everything I have been conditioned to think and helping me build a life based on what I value.


Jun 29, 2022

I tried NOCD with B for a few weeks back several months ago, we had five sessions and had not yet done any ERP exposures. We only started building the hierarchy, which was incorrect and did not have the correct obsessions listed. I recently started with a different therapist outside of NOCD. I had an intake appt with an intern, one appointment with the therapist. I have my second appt with the therapist today, and we will be building the hierarchy. This feels more properly oriented.


Jun 14, 2022

I’m excited that I have hope of getting better!


Jun 10, 2022

WONDERFUL WONDERFUL WONDERFUL. Such a warm and caring person. Barbara has helped me to get my life back! I don’t know what I would’ve done without her. 100000000% recommend Barbara to anybody who is struggling. Thank you so much.


Apr 05, 2022

Today was particularly hard for me. I feel hopeful after my NOCD session.


Feb 21, 2022

Absolutely wonderful


Jan 29, 2022

Wonderful in every way. Thank you.


Jan 25, 2022

I learned so much in my session with Barbara today -more than I have with other therapists in the past. I’m feeling hopeful for the future and excited for my next session!


Jan 11, 2022

My first session was great! I am looking forward to my next session and I feel hopeful that my OCD symptoms will improve with continued treatment.


Dec 15, 2021

Barbara is the best therapist. Even though ERP is very challenging, it’s clear that she knows what she is doing and has my back throughout the process.


Dec 13, 2021

Absolutely brilliant session again. Barbara is so knowledgeable and extremely easy to talk to.

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